ESC consortium to hold Engaging Instruction workshop in Mason on Oct. 3
On Wednesday we will take a major step toward launching Ohio’s new Straight A Fund for education innovation when the governing board for the grant program holds its first meeting. We expect that documents outlining how to apply for the first round of funding will be made available soon after the meeting.
The new state budget created the $250 million fund to support sustainable, innovative, local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize our education system. Straight A Fund grants will provide seed money for ideas that raise student achievement, reduce spending and get more resources to the classroom.
Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection
2013-2014 Green Ribbon Schools simplified application now online – deadline Nov.15
Public comment period on operating standards for gifted students revisions open through Sept.20
U.S. EPA offers school environmental health webinar series
Schools can save on annual premiums with Ohio BWC workplace safety programs
Registration open now for OCTA fall conference
2014 Ohio Educational Technology Conference call for proposals and early registration now open
National Assessment Governing Board seeks nominees to fill five positions
INFOhio providing free access to digital reading program for preK-3
As you continue to finalize plans for this new school year, I want to make you aware of a few field tests that will take place this spring. This is nothing new for our students; Ohio’s assessment system has always included field-test questions.
The first of these field tests will be conducted by PARCC. In spring 2014, PARCC plans to field-test new English language arts and math assessments in selected schools in 20 states, including Ohio. Only a few classrooms in participating schools will take the tests, and most students will take only a limited portion of a content-area test. Although our plan is for all tests to be computer-based, some schools will field-test computer-based assessments and some will test paper-and-pencil assessments.
If any of your schools has been selected, you will receive notification soon from PARCC’s test vendor, Pearson. Please respond quickly so we can find a replacement school if one of your schools must decline.